Entries from September 2017

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Ironic Humor

At the end of Act II, Sara identifies Christopher as the man who has murdered his father and is thrilled to be in his presence. She along with, Susan, Honor and Nelly start to treat him like a celebrity by bringing him food. Their desire to meet an imbecile like Christopher is amusing because in […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Playboy of the Western World/ About Humor

After reading the first act, it became clear that Pegeen is not very fond of her fiancé Shawn. It is comical to go back to the opening pages and see the way that she handles him like a small child who can’t fend for himself. It is even mentioned in the stage directions before Shawn’s […]

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Shawn, You So Funny!

Synge constructs the character of Shawn, the fiancé of Pegeen, as the antithesis of traditional conceptions of masculinity. As such, Synge’s depiction of Shawn is displayed through satirical humor; he relies on normalized understandings of masculinity to construct a character that is the complete opposite making Shawn’s presence in the play comical. After Michael James […]

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Blog Post 2: Synge’s Humor

In Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World (1907), Susan’s line made me laugh: “And I run up with a pat of butter, for it’d be a poor thing to have you eating your spuds dry, and you after running a great way since you did destroy you da” (II.69-71). This line made me laugh […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017

10 Things That I Noticed About Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

First person speaker. The poem is evidently written in the first-person, with the speaker referring to his/her/its own fierce desire to go to Innisfree. A major theme of the poem appears to be the concept of isolation or the way in which the speaker feels that he/she/it will only be able to achieve peace by […]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

10 Things about “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

Innisfree is a small uninhabited island in Lough Gill, Ireland. (I forgot that it was possible for an island nation to have lakes and islands as part of their geography.) It’s a lyric poem with an alternate rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF. It has 3 quatrains, which reminds me of a Shakespearean sonnet without a […]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

10 Things I Noticed About “Who Goes with Fergus?”

Title is a question, which in its structure suggests that the speaker is addressing a group. Observation 1 is reflected in lines 4-5, where the speaker addresses both a “Y0ung man,” and a “maid.” The repetition of ‘and’s lends itself towards an anaphoristic parataxical quality. There’s only two places for full stops in the entire […]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

10 Things I Noticed About “The Man Who Dreamed Of Faeryland”

Yeats references 4 different places situated in Ireland throughout this poem. In each stanza, the speaker of the poem is in a different location in Ireland. The places referenced are Dromahair, Lissadell, Scanavin, and Lugnagall. At each location in the poem, the speaker of the poem appears to be reminiscing on a different part of […]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

10 Things I Noticed About “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

1. “I will arise and go now” (opening phrase) suggests a rebirth or reclaim, a change of direction in life 2. (Majority) of the poem doesn’t rhyme and has no meter 3. The poem mentions times of the day after noon, “there midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, and evening full of […]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland

Use of water imagery- to convey something fleeting/ fluid. Use of the word gold or golden to describe morning and the word silver to describe night/ Life and death/ precious or significant times. Juxtaposition of nature- carefree with civilization- full of “money cares and fears.” Describes Fairyland as a “world-forgotten isle”- metaphorically referring to Ireland’s […]